Mesha Davis

Chief Executive Officer | Arizona Foundation for Women

Basic Stats:
I’m originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and moved to Arizona in 2011 from St. Paul, Minnesota, with my fiancé Doug.

First Job:
My first real job was a sales clerk at men’s only clothing store, but my official first job was a file clerk at a factory through a temp service.

Pathway to Philanthropy:
I did not know anything about philanthropy until I worked at the YMCA. Every employee had a personal fundraising goal every year during our fundraising season and it was a part of our performance goals and evaluation. I think my first goal was $100.

Favorite Hobby:
Traveling, biking, hiking, boating, long hot baths and reading when I have the time

Favorite Quote:
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

Best AGF Member Benefit:
Networking with other foundations and getting great resources and best practices

“I can’t live without”:
Pasta

Culinary Specialty:
Spicy/cajun shrimp pasta

Guilty Pleasure:
Old-fashioned vanilla ice cream with caramel and cashews

“Band I Could Listen to for the Rest of My Life”:
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Proudest Moment:
Being the first in my immediate family to graduate from college

“When I’m not working, you’ll find me”:
Watching old black-and-white movies

Favorite Movie:
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Favorite Netflix Show:
Bloodlines

Best Career Advice:
Remember that employees are the No. 1 asset and it’s important to always recognize and thank them.

Book Recommendation:
Memoirs of a Geisha

Favorite Thing to Do in Arizona:
Waking up to the sun and bright blue skies

Advice for other Philanthropists:
Always ask because you never know.

Book Recommendation:
Memoirs of a Geisha

Favorite Thing to Do in Arizona:
Waking up to the sun and bright blue skies

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